Currently in the 1st national tour of Beautiful, friend of the show Dashaun Young sits down with us in the studio to talk about his journey to Broadway. From his first big breaks, to playing Simba in The Lion King on Broadway, Tour, The West End, and Vegas, Dashaun has built quite an impressive resume and at quite a young age. Listen in for some tips that he feels has been crucial to his success. We also discuss what is next for Dashaun and have a little fun laughing at some great stage blunders he has experienced.
Tom Wirtschafter currently is a Producer at the Barrow Street Theater, on the board at The Culture Project and the President of the Town Hall Foundation in New York City. He found himself in New York City with a minor from college in acting and after a month classes he went to his back up plan which landed him in a advertising job that sent him back to school for a MBA and pursued a career in the financial field. Tom now keeps his love of the theater alive on the producer side of the stage. We talk about; the day to day jobs of a producer, the financial considerations of producing a show, how to balance the box office with costs, advice to playwrights in getting their work produced, how audiences have changed or haven’t changed, the impact of social media on advertising and the legacy of Town Hall and it’s challenges for the future.
Nellie Beavers unravels the who’s who behind the scene on Broadway, from the assistant stage manager, company managers, conductor, music director to producer. She talks about auditions and what makes someone stand out, or get the job. Her answers might surprise you! She details many different stories from her experience in auditioning to being a stage manager and offers many gems of advice for anyone interested in pursuing a career on the Broadway stage.